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Center Discrimination Briefs Cited in Next City article

September 18, 2019
Report on Food Insecurity and Discrimination
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September 18, 2019

The Center's report "From Disparities to Discrimination" was featured in a Next City article on food insecurity. In “Can Cities Ever Eliminate Hunger?", published on September 9, Valerie Panne argued that city governments must create systemic change in order to address food insecurity, citing data from the recent Children’s Health Watch (CHW) report.

Panne utilized findings from the report to demonstrate that systemic racism is one of the core causes of food insecurity. Those who experience discrimination are twice as likely to experience hunger. Furthermore, 22 percent of African American households and 18 percent of Latin American households in the U.S. are food insecure, versus just 9 percent of white households. 

“You cannot take on poverty and hunger without taking on historical and contemporary discrimination,” said Center Executive Director Mariana Chilton, PhD. “If we are just fighting to strengthen SNAP, we’ll make little progress. We have to go deeper to the root causes.”

“From Disparities to Discrimination” highlights research at St. Christopher’s hospital on the relationship between food insecurity and racial and ethnic discrimination. The site measured experiences of discrimination among caregivers of young children to collect data on discrimination across social sectors such as school, work, and health care facilities. The analysis revealed a strong link between household and child food insecurity and experiences of discrimination.

Next City is a national urban affairs magazine that promotes socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable practices in urban areas. This article was written in response to New York City Councilperson Cory Johnson’s recent food equity report.


Read the full article here.


By Gabe Halperin-Goldstein


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